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The tradespeople performing random acts of kindness during the coronavirus lockdown

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Lauren Hellicar

18 June 2020

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The coronavirus outbreak has made it a tough three months for most people in lots of ways. As the UK slowly begins to emerge from lockdown, we reflect on some of the random acts of kindness delivered by big-hearted tradespeople.

The Midlands plumber making Hearts for Hope

Furloughed plumber, Dan (pictured above), has spent his lockdown making hearts out of copper piping for sale. The proceeds go to local charities, including the Midlands Air Ambulance and several hospices.

With no work for nine weeks, Dan has been getting the materials to make the hearts from local plumbing merchants, with some plumbers donating copper. Dan is open to any more donations people can make to the cause, and says he intends to continue with his newfound venture once he’s back at work.

If you’d like one of Dan’s copper creations for your home or garden, you can visit his Hearts for Hope website or find him on Facebook or Instagram.

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The Stansted electrician reconnecting a nurse’s power

When Steve Hogg, owner of Stansted Electrical Services, learned that an intensive care nurse had been without power for several days, he decided to take action – and waive the bill.

According to the report in the Bishop’s Stortford Independent, the kind-hearted electrician and his colleague spent a whole day fixing the problem the nurse had been unable to get resolved.

Steve said, “She looked so drained, and when she offered to pay, I said 'absolutely not'. I told her that for what she has done for us, it's the least I could do."

The Nottinghamshire blind fitter brightening up his street

Dene Potter, a blind fitter from Sutton-in-Ashfield, was determined to stay active during the lockdown. Having made and hung blinds for more than 20 properties on the crescent he lives on, he already had the measurements to be able to carry out his act of kindness.

Along with wife Mags, Dene made blinds for his neighbours, and now the street’s windows are a sky of rainbows.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Dene said: “I had plenty of material. I didn't want anything for them, I didn't want any money. I just wanted to brighten the place up and put a smile on people's faces."

The Thetford plumber bringing warmth back to a vulnerable man’s home

Thetford-based Plumber, Aaron Sayers, owns AS Plumbing and Heating. He was working on a job at the start of April when he got chatting to Paul Casey’s mum.

She told Aaron that her son, who has a heart condition, had been self-isolating for two weeks with a broken boiler. This had forced Mr Casey to sleep in his lounge with only an electric heater for warmth on some pretty chilly nights.

Within an hour of hearing about Mr Casey’s situation, Aaron was round at the property ready to fix the problem. It took him just 15 minutes to get the boiler working again.

Speaking to the Thetford & Brandon Times, Aaron said: “I was on my way to another job so I thought I could help. I just did what any plumber would do. We made sure we kept our distance and it was easy because his boiler was outside.”

The Cornish electrician offering free emergency call-outs

Like so many other tradespeople, Dan Thomson was forced to temporarily close his business, DT Electrical, because of the coronavirus outbreak. But that didn’t stop Dan from St Buryan, near Penzance, from wanting to use his skills to help local people in need.

According to Cornwall Live, the electrician put out the kind offer on social media. His post said he was willing to help out people within the village for free in an emergency, giving ‘full power loss’ or ‘no heating’ as examples.

One of his fellow villagers commented: “What an amazingly kind and generous offer, thank you Dan, you are a blessing x.”

The former Essex builder championing community spirit

Former builder, Peter Dutch, set up a Facebook group in mid-March with the aim of helping people with a few groceries during the coronavirus outbreak – and it has mushroomed into a huge community support network.

Speaking to the Daily Gazette, Peter said: “The idea was to give people an outlet to share and care – a place for the vulnerable to reach out – and I thought it would just be a few of us doing a bit of shopping.”

Since then, the group has racked up over 9,000 Facebook followers and a whole band of volunteers willing to help out wherever they’re needed. For example:

  • teachers are providing online lessons to help with home schooling
  • volunteers are driving to deliver prescriptions and groceries
  • the local Bangladeshi community has provided thousands of free meals for NHS and care home staff
  • the group has campaigned for and delivered around 13,000 items of PPE to healthcare workers
  • they’ve even arranged for an Elvis impersonator to give a concert outside a care home

We’d love to hear more stories of random acts of kindness. Share yours in our comments section below.

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